Our Board

  • Tony McLellanChairman of the Board
  • Jim Wallace AMDeputy Chairman of the Board
  • Terry WintersBoard member and chairman of several companies and charities
  • MarkAllabyAMark AllabyPartner, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • David BurrPrincipal of Khor & Burr Solicitors, Melbourne.
  • Michelle Pearse Former Australian Christian Lobby State Director.
  • Lyle SheltonAustralian Christian Lobby Managing Director

Tony McLellan
Chairman

Tony McLellan, Chairman of the Board of the Australian Christian Lobby.

Mr McLellan and his family lived abroad for more than 25 years where he served as the President and CEO of a number of major international corporations. Since returning to Australia, he has been appointed chairman of several public-company boards, principally in the resources area.

With a passion for the poor, Mr McLellan served as a director of Opportunity International Australia for many years, and as chairman of Habitat for Humanity Australia. He has also served as chairman of a number of other Christian NGOs. An accomplished public speaker, Tony has addressed audiences in several countries, and has also appeared frequently on American television as a commentator on family issues.

Mr McLellan and his wife, Rae, recently celebrated 50 years of marriage, and attend St Jude’s Anglican Church in Bowral.

Jim Wallace AM
Deputy Chairman

Jim Wallace AM, Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Australian Christian Lobby.

Mr Wallace left the Army as a Brigadier in late 2000 after a 32-year career which included command of the SAS Regiment, Special Forces, and the Army’s mechanised Brigade of 3,000 personnel and most of the Army’s fighting vehicles. He is a graduate of Duntroon in Canberra, the British Army Staff College and the Australian College of Defence and Strategic Studies.

Mr Wallace served as a UN Observer in the Golan Heights and Lebanon with the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation.

In 1984 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to counter-terrorism. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Australian Defence Studies Centre and has served on the Council of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and the National Consultative Committee for International Security Issues.

He was the Managing Director of ACL for 13 years until May 2013 when he was appointed Deputy Chairman.

Mr Wallace and his family worship at Hughes Baptist Church in Canberra.

Terry Winters
Board Member

Mr Winters brings a great depth of experience in the operations and governance of not-for-profit organisations. He has spent over 17 years on various boards within the Opportunity International Network, and recently retired as global Chairman of Opportunity International Network, with operations in over 30 developing countries. He was also Chairman of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Victoria and MS Limited for 10 years.

Currently, Mr Winters is Chairman of Seeing Machines Limited, Australian Home Care Services, the social enterprise subsidiary of MS Limited. He is also Chairman of Converge International, a not-for-profit organisation motivated by a strong Christian heritage that provides “employee assistance, emergency support and chaplaincy” programs for employees of over 300 Australian corporations and government agencies. These services are designed to deliver improved wellbeing and stability for an organisation’s employees and their families.

Terry Winters has served as Chairman and director of several Australian listed and private companies and charities. He founded Link Telecommunications Pty Ltd, and he led the creation of Optus Communications Pty Ltd, remaining on the Optus board until 1995.

Mr Winters is married to Merylyn. They attend St Hilary’s Anglican Church in Melbourne.

Mark Allaby
Board Member

Mark Allaby is a Principal at PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

With over 25 years experience in Europe, North America and Australia, Mr Allaby has worked in an executive capacity across the financial services industry. As both a senior partner in the management consulting field, and as corporate senior executive, he has had extensive experience setting strategy, leading organisations through large scale organisational change, and managing risk.

Mr Allaby’s commitment to ACL is a result of his passion for the freedoms we enjoy in this country, a nation and society grounded in Christian principles, and a belief that active engagement with the nation through the political process is required to ensure those foundations are not lost in order that our grandchildren may enjoy the same freedoms we take for granted.

Mr Allaby and his wife Susan attend St Thomas’ Anglican Church in North Sydney.

David Burr
Board Member

David Burr is a lawyer and businessman. Together with his wife May Wan, David has practised law in Melbourne for over 30 years, chiefly in the areas of property and commercial law. He has a strong commitment to social justice and the role of the Church in achieving fundamental human rights for all. David is committed to the work of ACL in upholding biblical values in public policy, and the protection of our Christian heritage.

In addition to legal practice, David has also pursued a number of business activities. These include property investment and development, a manufacturing and distribution business, and mixed agricultural production.

He and May Wan have four adult children, and have attended Full Gospel Assembly Melbourne for almost 20 years.

Michelle Pearse
Board Member

After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy, Michelle Pearse stepped into the role of WA Director for the Australian Christian Lobby where she quickly earned the respect of the most senior personalities in both the church and government in WA.

With a growing young family, Michelle moved into a more focused role, dealing with the area she greatly contributed to in her role as WA Director, the fight against prostitution and human trafficking.  Michelle was the spokesperson for ACL on these matters across the nation.

Michelle and her husband John are both employed at Kingdomcity Perth, a thriving Pentecostal church that is committed to impacting our nation through the love of Christ, socially, economically and politically. Michelle also lectures at Kingdomcity Perth college to give students greater perspective on national issues and encouraging them to be positioned to make a positive impact and create change. Michelle serves on the board of Teen Challenge WA and has a strong desire to see Christian organisations remain Christ centered in all of its functions.

Lyle Shelton
Managing Director

Lyle Shelton is the Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby.

Lyle is a journalist by profession. He worked in rural journalism as a roving reporter for Queensland Country Life before serving as the Melbourne-based Group Commodities Editor for Rural Press Limited, with articles syndicated to the stable’s rural weeklies, including The Land newspaper.

In 1997 he became youth pastor at Toowoomba City Church before being elected to Toowoomba City Council in 2000. He was re-elected to Council in 2004 and unsuccessfully contested the 2006 Queensland state election.

After a short stint as a political adviser, Lyle was appointed in 2007 as National Chief of Staff at the Australian Christian Lobby, based in Canberra. He served this role for six years before being appointed Managing Director in May 2013.

ACL corporate structure ACL is a company limited by guarantee (ACN 075 120 517). It is a political lobby representing individual Christians and is neither denominationally nor politically aligned. For further information click here

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